"The best gift you can give others is a
healthy, energized, focused self."
- Sarah Edmonds
You can't give away something you don't have. Therefore, it is important that you intentionally infuse joy in your life.
We all have goals, priorities, responsibilities, and obligations. But one of your primary purposes in life is to enjoy it!
In my daily planner, I have a section for life-fulfillment activities so I can be intentional about enjoying life.
Here are 3 areas of life that can help you experience Joy in the Journey:
Build inner strength through solitude, inspirational reading, gratitude, meditation, prayer, journaling, a walk in nature, etc.
Make sure you are spending some time pursuing your favorite hobbies and interests. Life is too short to not do some things you truly enjoy. And what you do off the 'job' affects how you are on the job.
Strong relationships are the foundation of a healthy life. Make sure your family is a priority. Make it a habit to go out to dinner, a concert, a ballgame or a movie with friends. Be intentional about spending time with people who bring out the best in you.
There is a line in the movie Auntie Mame where Rosalind Russell says,
"Life is meant to be a feast
and most poor suckers are starving to death."
Make it your responsibility to enjoy the feast.
If you are not enjoying life, it's unlikely people will enjoy you.